Text and images Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland
Rain in the hairdress of a bride means luck. Now I have learned that rain in the grey hairs of a woman married for 31 years doesn't only give curls, but also pleasure, happiness, blessings and very good food.
Terje and I have made it a tradition over the past few years to stay one night at one of the old, traditional wooden hotels of Norway during the summer. Call it our anniversary gift to each other.
This year our choice fell on Walaker hotel in Solvorn, near Sognefjorden, and for the first time after starting this tradition we were not alone. Jane and Lanny from California traveled with us. Being able to show our beloved country to friends make it the more beautiful for ourselves as well :-)
Deciding which historical hotel to visit is a task we start during the winter. Looking through books and websites. Then comes the enjoyable task of sending the first email to the hotel asking if a room (two this year) is available. Discuss the different rooms, and like we did this summer, ending up booking the two best rooms of the hotel, big, airy rooms on the two first floor wings, with a perfect view to fjord and mountains.
A gourmet dinner is always included when we have our anniversary night. Local food, prepared with skill, with art, with love.
This year we ate......
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After dinner we had a late night guided tour in the art gallery in the old barn, and then late, late, almost around midnight Terje and I had a walk in the village and the hotel garden.
Thank you to the owners and the staff members at Walaker for a lovely stay. And a special thank to Ole Henrik and Ole Preben for the champagne for our anniversary.